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The economic experts have criticized the plan by Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck (Greens) to keep two of the three nuclear power plants still in operation only in reserve. The nuclear reactors should continue to be operated "at least until the energy crisis has been sustainably overcome," write the members of the Advisory Council for the Assessment of Overall Economic Development in an article for the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung". A reserve operation until mid-April next year is "not expedient".

The research team advises the federal government; belong to him Veronika Grimm, Monika Schnitzer, Achim Truger and since August Ulrike Malmendier and Martin Werding on. They therefore call for "all possibilities" to be considered in order to further reduce gas-fired power generation, to dampen the sharp rise in electricity prices and to increase the availability of energy. That must be “discussed beyond ideological trench warfare”.

With the reserve operation proposed by Habeck, “only the costs associated with the availability would be incurred, without realizing the benefit from the operation,” write the members of the committee.

According to the statements, the Council expects that the energy crisis will “last at least until the summer of 2024”. In view of the tense situation, there must also be stronger incentives for private households to reduce gas consumption. Appeals and regulatory requirements could not replace "savings incentives through price signals". "The high gas prices should be passed on to the end consumers, who in return would have to be relieved across the board," write the authors.

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